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  1. Hi folks! Last month I was accepted to the South Asian Studies M.A. program at Columbia GSAS with $10,000 scholarship. (There's another thread on it, but it's quite old-2011). I was allowed to deefer admission until fall 2019. Did anyone else apply and/or get accepted to the program, or is a current student/grad? A couple questions: Will $40,000 be enough for cost of living for fall 2019, spring 2020, summer 2020, and fall 2020? That's how much I should have saved up. How competitive is it to get the Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowship? Do most people who apply to one get one? I want to study Hindi. Do most grad students live in graduate housing, or at least in Morningside Heights? I plan to get a terminal M.A. and not go the Ph.D. path and become a prof, so I was hoping to get practical experience during the semesters (volunteer work, internships, etc. 8-10 hours/week) so I could be in the best position to get a job at graduation. Is this feasible given the rigorous workload of a grad student? I also will hopefully be doing a work-study job, as unfortunately, internships in the public sector are unpaid, ugh. At GSAS I plan to take 9-12 credits a semester tops. Also, does GSAS provide stipend funding for internships the way SIPA, the law school, etc. do? What are your impressions of the department in general? What do you wish you had known before starting it? What are the typical career paths of terminal M.A.s in this department? I'll be in my early 30s when I start. Are most folks 21-22 and coming fresh out of undergrad, or are there plenty of GSAS students with past careers? How is the counseling center at Columbia?
  2. Hello everyone, I am currently an undergraduate student studying History at SUNY Oneonta. My current GPA at SUNY O is 3.93, and I am working for the department chair as a research assistantship (funded work). I have worked as a research assistant for another professor, and I will be working as a teaching assistant next semester. I am also learning Russian and French, and I will be studying abroad in Saint Petersburg. Unfortunately, my academic history is hardly great outside of SUNY Oneonta. I started college when I was 16 at SUNY Delhi. I did 100 level classes with a mix of A's and B's. I started the nursing program there, and the results were poor. I obtained largely C's (some A's and B's but they were online classes). It was an associate degree, and unfortunately in the last semester I obtained two D's, which did not allow me to graduate. I guess I couldn't get my mind to enjoy the nursing like I have the history. With that said I looking for answers and advice. How do schools (PhD in history programs) view my nursing school failures? Even though the GPA is good, does SUNY O, hardly a reknown school, not make it look like a great turn around? What schools would be within my reach? Any response is greatly appreciated!
  3. MettaSutta

    Columbia University 2018

    Did a search for "columbia 2018" and didn't find anything, so I thought I'd create a thread! Anyone else send in their deposit?
  4. TheHessianHistorian

    Where Top-Tier PhD Students Got Their BA/MA

    As I have been investigating the biographies of PhD students in top tier history programs, I have been compiling a spreadsheet of where each student received his/her undergraduate degree(s) and Master's degree(s). There has been a bit of discussion in this forum lately about the importance of "Master's degree prestige" in applying to top tier PhD programs, so I hope this list is helpful to other users: University of Chicago 44 history grad students list their pre-PhD degrees on their Chicago webpages 40 came into the PhD program with a Bachelor's and Master's degree; 4 only had a Bachelor's degree Most common MA institutions for Chicago PhD students: University of Chicago - 16 University of Edinburgh - 2 University of Oregon - 2 Catholic University of America - 1 Charles University in Prague - 1 Clemson University - 1 Columbia University - 1 Harvard Law School - 1 Hebrew University of Jerusalem - 1 Indiana University - 1 Johns Hopkins University - 1 New York University - 1 Northeastern Illinois University - 1 Northern Illinois University - 1 Oxford University - 1 Portland State University - 1 San Diego State University - 1 Seoul National University - 1 Universite Paris VIII - 1 University of California, Irvine - 1 University of Nebraska, Lincoln - 1 Vanderbilt University - 1 Yale Law School - 1 Most common BA institutions for Chicago PhD students: University of California, Berkeley - 5 Johns Hopkins University - 3 University of Michigan, Ann Arbor - 3 University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign - 2 Washington University in St. Louis - 2 Boston University - 1 Brown University - 1 Charles University in Prague - 1 Claremont McKenna College - 1 DePaul University - 1 Eastern Oregon University - 1 Hebrew University of Jerusalem - 1 Indiana University, Bloomington - 1 Lahore University of Management Sciences - 1 New York University - 1 Ohio State University - 1 Oxford University - 1 Princeton University - 1 Saint Joseph's College - 1 Salem College - 1 Sarah Lawrence College - 1 Seoul National University - 1 Southern Oregon University - 1 Universite Nancy II - 1 University of British Columbia - 1 University of California, Los Angeles - 1 University of California, San Diego - 1 University of California, Santa Barbara - 1 University of Georgia - 1 University of Nebraska, Lincoln - 1 University of Nebraska, Omaha - 1 University of New Mexico - 1 University of San Francisco - 1 Utah State University - 1 Wesleyan University - 1 Yale University - 1 Columbia University 96 history grad students list their pre-PhD degrees on their Columbia webpages 63 came into the PhD program with a Bachelor's and Master's degree; 33 only had a Bachelor's degree Most common MA institutions for Columbia PhD students: Columbia University - 9 Oxford University - 5 Cambridge University - 4 New York University - 3 Bogazici University, Istanbul - 2 Fordham University - 2 University of Chicago - 2 American University in Cairo - 1 Beijing Foreign Studies University - 1 Brown University - 1 Central European University - 1 Chinese University of Hong Kong - 1 Complutense University of Madrid - 1 El Colegio de Mexico - 1 Erasmus Mundus European Masters in Migration and Intercultural Relations program - 1 Free University of Berlin - 1 Georgetown University - 1 Hong Kong University - 1 Jewish Theological Seminary - 1 London School of Economics - 1 National Taiwan University - 1 National University of Lujan - 1 National University of Singapore - 1 Old Dominion University - 1 Sarah Lawrence College - 1 Stanford University - 1 Syracuse University - 1 Tel Aviv University - 1 Tufts University - 1 University of Amsterdam - 1 University of California, Berkeley - 1 University of Maroua - 1 University of Michigan - 1 University of Notre Dame - 1 University of Roehampton in London - 1 University of Texas, Austin - 1 University of Tokyo - 1 University of Virginia - 1 University of Zurich, Switzerland - 1 Warsaw University - 1 Wheaton College - 1 Yale Law School - 1 York University - 1 Most common BA institutions for Columbia PhD students: Harvard College - 6 Columbia University - 4 Princeton University - 4 University of California, Berkeley - 4 University of Chicago - 4 Yale University - 4 Barnard College - 3 New York University - 3 Tel Aviv University - 3 Amherst College - 2 Bogazici University, Istanbul - 2 Cambridge University - 2 Cornell University - 2 Duke University - 2 Georgetown University - 2 McGill University - 2 Reed College - 2 Amsterdam University College - 1 Baylor University - 1 Beijing Foreign Studies University - 1 Bowdoin College - 1 Brandeis University - 1 Carleton College - 1 Chinese University of Hong Kong - 1 Colgate University - 1 College of William and Mary - 1 Concordia University in Montreal - 1 Dartmouth College - 1 Drake University - 2 Fairfield University - 1 Franklin & Marshall College - 1 Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva - 1 Hebrew University of Virginia - 1 Lewis and Clark College - 1 London School of Economics - 1 National Autonomous University of Mexico - 1 National Taiwan University - 1 National University of Singapore - 1 Northwestern University - 1 Oxford University - 1 Peking University - 1 Pomona College - 1 Sarah Lawrence College - 1 Stanford University - 1 Truman State University - 1 United States Military Academy at West Point - 1 University College Utrecht - 1 University of California, Los Angeles - 1 University of Michigan - 1 University of Mississippi - 1 University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill - 1 University of Notre Dame - 1 University of Pennsylvania - 1 University of Texas, Austin - 1 University of Tokyo - 1 University of Wisconsin, Madison - 1 University of Zurich, Switzerland - 1 Warsaw University - 1 Wesleyan University - 1 Williams College - 1 Yonsei University - 1 York University - 1 Washington University in St. Louis - 1 Harvard University 78 history grad students list their pre-PhD degrees on their Harvard webpages 50 came into the PhD program with a Bachelor's and Master's degree; 28 only had a Bachelor's degree Most common MA institutions for Harvard PhD students: Harvard University - 14 Cambridge University - 7 Oxford University - 3 Yale University - 2 Central European University - 1 Columbia University - 1 Florida Atlantic University - 1 Florida International University - 1 Harvard Divinity School - 1 Indiana University - 1 Jadavpur University - 1 King's College, London - 1 London School of Economics - 1 National Taiwan University - 1 Peking University - 1 Princeton University - 1 School of Oriental and African Studies - 1 Stanford University - 1 Sydney Law School - 1 University de Paris I - 1 University of California, Los Angeles - 1 University of Chicago - 1 University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign - 1 University of Texas, Austin - 1 University of Tokyo - 1 University of Virginia - 1 University of York - 1 Vanderbilt University - 1 Most common BA institutions for Harvard PhD students: Columbia University - 5 University of Chicago - 4 University of Michigan - 4 Yale University - 4 Brown University - 3 Harvard University - 3 University of Pennsylvania - 3 Amherst College - 2 College of William and Mary - 2 Grinnell College - 2 Princeton University - 2 University of California, Berkeley - 2 University of Virginia - 2 Washington University in St. Louis - 2 Williams College - 2 Adams State University - 1 Arizona State University - 1 Boise State University - 1 Bowdoin College - 1 Brandeis University - 1 Brigham Young University - 1 Carleton College - 1 Colby College - 1 Emory University - 1 Florida Atlantic University - 1 Fudan University - 1 Indiana University - 1 Jadavpur University - 1 King's College, London - 1 Lewis and Clark College - 1 Lomonosov Moscow State University - 1 McGill University - 1 Middlebury College - 1 Millsaps College - 1 National Taiwan University - 1 New York University - 1 Occidental College - 1 Oxford University - 1 Peking University - 1 Pomona College - 1 Stanford University - 1 State University of New York, New Paltz - 1 Swarthmore College - 1 Tufts University - 1 University of California, Santa Cruz - 1 University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign - 1 University of Rochester - 1 University of St. Andrews - 1 University of Sydney - 1 University of Texas, Austin - 1 University of Zurich - 1 Vanderbilt University - 1 Princeton University 97 history grad students list their pre-PhD degrees on their Princeton webpages 68 came into the PhD program with a Bachelor's and Master's degree; 29 only had a Bachelor's degree Most common MA institutions for Princeton PhD students: Oxford University - 10 Cambridge University - 7 Princeton University - 6 Columbia University - 4 Yale University - 3 Katholieke Universiteit Leuven - 2 King's College, London - 2 Leiden University - 2 New York University - 2 Yale Law School - 2 Bangalore University - 1 Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro - 1 Central European University - 1 City University of New York - 1 Courtauld Institute of Art, London - 1 Humboldt University in Berlin - 1 Hunter College - 1 Imperial College, London - 1 Jadavpur University, Kolkata - 1 London School of Economics - 1 Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität - 1 Rutgers University - 1 Sabanci University in Istanbul, Turkey - 1 Stanford University - 1 Temple University - 1 Trent University - 1 Tufts University - 1 University of Amsterdam - 1 University of Cape Town - 1 University of Colorado - 1 University of Georgia - 1 University of Massachusetts, Amherst - 1 University of Sydney - 1 University of Texas, Austin - 1 University of Washington - 1 University Torcuato di Tella - 1 Utrecht University - 1 Warburg Institute, University of London - 1 Most common BA institutions for Princeton PhD students: University of Chicago - 7 Yale University - 6 Washington University in St. Louis - 4 Harvard University - 3 University of California, Berkeley - 3 Columbia University - 2 Cornell University - 2 London School of Economics - 2 McGill University - 2 New York University - 2 University College London - 2 University of British Columbia - 2 University of Michigan, Ann Arbor - 2 University of Pennsylvania - 2 Williams College - 2 Amherst College - 1 Aristotle University - 1 Bard College - 1 Barnard College - 1 Brigham Young University - 1 Brown University - 1 Cambridge University - 1 Colby College - 1 Connecticut College - 1 Dartmouth College - 1 Delhi University - 1 Duke University - 1 Federal University of Rio de Janeiro - 1 Freiburg University - 1 Humboldt University in Berlin - 1 Imperial College, London - 1 Indiana University, Bloomington - 1 Leiden University - 1 Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität - 1 National Law School of India University - 1 Northeastern Illinois University - 1 Northwestern University - 1 Oregon State University - 1 Oxford University - 1 Princeton University - 1 Rhodes University, South Africa - 1 Ripon College - 1 School of the Art Institute of Chicago - 1 St. John's College, Annapolis - 1 Stanford University - 1 Temple University - 1 Tufts University - 1 University of Alabama - 1 University of Amsterdam - 1 University of Bielefeld - 1 University of Buenos Aires - 1 University of California, Los Angeles - 1 University of California, Santa Cruz - 1 University of Colorado - 1 University of Georgia - 1 University of Hong Kong - 1 University of Kentucky - 1 University of King's College - 1 University of New South Wales - 1 University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill - 1 University of Oklahoma - 1 University of Richmond - 1 University of Rome - 1 University of Sydney - 1 University of Texas, Austin - 1 University of Warsaw - 1 Utrecht University - 1 Wesleyan University - 1 Whitworth University - 1 Stanford University 67 history grad students list their pre-PhD degrees on their Stanford webpages 49 came into the PhD program with a Bachelor's and Master's degree; 18 only had a Bachelor's degree Most common MA institutions for Stanford PhD students: Stanford University - 8 Yale University - 3 American University in Cairo - 2 Columbia University - 2 École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociale - 2 Oxford University - 2 University of Chicago - 2 University of Edinburgh - 2 Cambridge University - 1 Central European University - 1 CSU Fresno - 1 Federal University of Parana - 1 Harvard Business School - 1 Harvard University - 1 Istanbul Sehir University - 1 King's College London - 1 London School of Economics - 1 San Francisco State University - 1 Sciences Po Paris - 1 Tel Aviv University - 1 Tufts University - 1 University of California, Berkeley - 1 University of Guelph - 1 University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign - 1 University of Indianapolis - 1 University of Kent - 1 University of Maryland - 1 University of Michigan - 1 University of Tartu - 1 University of Tokyo - 1 University of Toronto - 1 University of Washington - 1 Most common BA institutions for Stanford PhD students: University of California, Berkeley - 5 Harvard University - 4 Princeton University - 3 Washington University in St. Louis Brown University - 2 Dartmouth College - 2 Emory University - 2 Oberlin College - 2 University of California, Los Angeles - 2 University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign - 2 Yale University - 2 Amherst College - 1 Arizona State University - 1 Barnard College - 1 Bucknell University - 1 Claremont McKenna College - 1 Coe College - 1 Columbia University - 1 Dalhousie University - 1 Federal University of Parana - 1 Fordham University - 1 Fudan University - 1 Kenyon College - 1 McGill University - 1 Pennsylvania State University - 1 Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg -1 San Francisco State University - 1 Santa Clara University - 1 Scripps College - 1 Sorbonne Paris IV - 1 Stanford University - 1 SUNY Albany - 1 Tel Aviv University - 1 Universite Paris I - 1 University of Alberta - 1 University of California, Santa Barbara - 1 University of London - 1 University of Maryland - 1 University of Ottawa - 1 University of Pennsylvania - 1 University of Puget Sound - 1 University of San Francisco - 1 University of Southern California - 1 University of Saint Andrews - 1 University of Tartu - 1 University of Tokyo - 1 University of Toronto - 1 University of Virginia - 1 Wesleyan University - 1 Whitman College - 1 Yale University 108 history grad students list their pre-PhD degrees on their Yale webpages 63 came into the PhD program with a Bachelor's and Master's degree; 45 only had a Bachelor's degree Most common MA institutions for Yale PhD students: Cambridge University - 7 Oxford University - 4 University of Chicago - 3 Yale University - 3 Columbia University - 2 London School of Economics - 2 McGill University - 2 University of Alberta - 2 American University in Beirut - 1 American University in Cairo - 1 Bard College - 1 Bard Graduate Center - 1 Bogazici University, Istanbul - 1 Central European University - 1 Dartmouth College - 1 Duke University - 1 Fordham University - 1 Fudan University, Shanghai - 1 Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva - 1 Harvard Divinity School - 1 Harvard University - 1 Jewish Theological Seminary - 1 Linköping University - 1 Nanterre University - 1 National University of Singapore - 1 North Carolina State University - 1 Northeastern University - 1 Paris Pantheon Sorbonne University - 1 Peking University - 1 Trinity College, Oxford - 1 Union Theological Seminary - 1 Universidad de los Andes, Bogota - 1 Universite de Montreal - 1 University of Arizona - 1 University of California, Berkeley - 1 University of Cape Town - 1 University of Colorado, Boulder - 1 University of Florida - 1 University of Georgia - 1 University of New Mexico - 1 University of Pavia - 1 University of Tübingen - 1 University of Utah - 1 Vanderbilt University - 1 Yale Law School - 1 York University in Toronto - 1 Most common BA institutions for Yale PhD students: Yale University - 10 Dartmouth College - 5 Harvard University - 5 Brown University - 3 City College of New York - 3 Johns Hopkins University - 3 Macalester College - 3 New York University - 3 Princeton University - 3 University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill - 3 Amherst College - 2 Georgetown University - 2 McGill University - 2 National University of Singapore - 2 Ohio University - 2 Oxford University - 2 Stanford University - 2 University of Alberta - 2 University of California, Berkeley - 2 University of Chicago - 2 Washington University in St. Louis - 2 American University - 1 Binghamton University SUNY - 1 Columbia University - 1 Emory University - 1 Gallatin School of Individualized Study in New York City - 1 Grinnell College - 1 Kennesaw State University - 1 Lahore University of Management Sciences - 1 Lehigh University - 1 Louvre School - 1 Middlebury College - 1 Montana State University, Bozeman - 1 North Carolina State University - 1 Paris Pantheon Sorbonne University - 1 Peking University - 1 Reed College - 1 Sarah Lawrence College - 1 Smith College - 1 Swarthmore College - 1 Texas A&M University - 1 Trinity College, Oxford - 1 Universidad Catolica in Lima - 1 Universidad de los Andes, Bogota - 1 Universite de Montreal - 1 University of Bologna - 1 University of California, Riverside - 1 University of California, Santa Cruz - 1 University of Florida - 1 University of Hawaii at Manoa - 1 University of King's College - 1 University of Maryland, College Park - 1 University of Minnesota, Twin Cities - 1 University of Pavia - 1 University of Pennsylvania - 1 University of Southern California - 1 University of Texas, Austin - 1 University of Toronto - 1 University of Tübingen - 1 University of Victoria - 1 Weber State University - 1 Wellesley College - 1 Wesleyan University - 1 West Virginia University - 1 Williams College - 1 ------------------------------------- My take on it is that it seems to matter very little where you got your undergrad education. There is a wide variety of undergraduate institutions, and the selection is so diverse it almost makes me wonder if admissions committees purposefully try not to accept too many students with any one undergraduate background. Perhaps ad-coms are more likely to accept a student into a PhD program if the applicant's undergrad institution is one that is not currently represented, so as to increase diversity? I don't know. All of the undergrad institutions are reasonably legitimate though: although you will see humble institutions like Lehigh or Weber State represented, you never see, say, for-profit online programs or conservative bible colleges represented. The prestige of the Bachelor's degree only seems to matter if a student is applying to a PhD program straight out of undergrad with no Master's degree in between. PhD students at top tier programs do seem to bring Master's degrees from the generally-understood "Top 40"-ish institutions, with a few exceptions. Middle-of-the-pack rated state schools don't seem particularly well represented. In order to enter a top tier PhD program, one typically needs a lower degree either from another top tier institution or from a non-US school (really any foreign school seems to do the trick, even if it's only as "foreign" as Canada). I have also attached the raw data in a spreadsheet, in case anyone wants to dig into the data a bit deeper. Top Tier Grad Students.xlsx
  5. Hey y'all! I'm a prospective Computer Science PhD student interested in natural language processing. I've been accepted into a certain Ivy with a great reputation in a great location, but a location which happens to be extremely expensive, as most east-coast cities are. I've also been accepted into another school (henceforth Great School) whose research interests are a bit closer to mine and with a similar--if slightly lower--level of prestige, and in a much cheaper (but also much more dangerous) location. This is a 5-year program, so I want to make sure I'll be happy where I end up. How should I decide? Ivy's location is more expensive, but it's been my dream to live in an east-coast city for a long time now and this would be my chance. Great School's location is very cheap, but very dangerous. Ivy's overall computer science reputation is better, but Great School's natural language processing reputation is better. Ivy's research interests are close to mine, and there are multiple faculty doing work I'd like to be on. Great School has research even closer to my interests, and tons of faculty doing things I'd kill to do for a living. Both schools are covering my tuition. However, I'm getting approximately the same stipend in both places, and Ivy is in a much more costly location. At the same time, however, I have lived in Great School's city for a summer and absolutely hated everything about the surrounding city, despite somewhat liking Great School's campus. Ivy's faculty seem to have a reputation for neglecting their students, despite being friendly overall; I have had to fight for their attention, but they are always great about answering my questions when they get back to me. Great School has been trying to recruit me hard and they are very accommodating toward my interests and concerns, and they seem much more interested in me as a researcher. The faculty I'd be working with at Great School are cited noticeably more than those that I would be working with at Ivy. This is essentially a decision of quality-of-life versus quality-of-work. Basically, I'm deciding between research quality/faculty compatibility and location/prestige. I know that research should be the most important thing, but Great School's location is just so antithetical to everything I want from my home city. Ivy has a wonderful reputation and a location I've been dying to get to for a long time, but I'm worried that the research experience itself may not be as smooth, despite being amazing overall regardless. Both have great alumni connections in companies I want to work for upon graduation, and it's hard to go wrong with either, really. Any input would be wonderfully and genuinely appreciated. Thanks y'all!
  6. Is anyone interested in mutual assistance with their applications to universities for masters and phd? I'm thinking reviewing each other's statement of purpose, offering suggestions, reviewing applications and answers to their questions, etc. Tips on studying for the GRE, etc? All free mutual assistance. I am applying to a masters degree at an ivy league school. We can use this forum or other platforms. Hope to hear from people.
  7. EagerAnthro

    Are you accepting?

    I am wait-listed at my top choice (ivy league) and I'm wondering where everyone has been accepted, what your subfields are, and which offer you may accept. Thanks!
  8. Hello, So I have been admitted into a top PhD program in anthropology at one of these northeastern ivy league schools that I never thought I would actually get in to. The program seems great, the funding is amazing but there are no professors really related to my topic (in the broad sense). They are some professors related to my secondary field of interest (environmental anthropology) and to the region I want to work, which is what my potential advisor's research is on but my main field of research is not represented. The other schools I got into have professors more linked to my topic but are not top programs (and sometimes with less good funding), so I don't know if the main criteria should be to have professors in the department linked to one's field of study.
  9. What should one do? Pay $50,000 tuition at an ivy league university, or pay $0 - $10,000 at some other university (say any US university with QS world ranking below 250)
  10. Having gone through the application process at American universities, I have found the State universities to have the friendliest application portals. They usually have the same interface and one can easily go through all the pages/tabs/questions etc. The recommendation list can be updated any time before the deadline. More importantly, they send the recommendation requests immediately after filling in the details. The best part is the payment system where it is a breeze to pay fees for international applicants like me. They accept many, if not all, types of credit/debit cards. Not to mention the application fees are usually less than $50, sometimes even $30ish. On the contrary, many Ivy League and private universities are seriously a pain in the nether regions. Aside from the fees, which are usually above $100 for international applicants , the online portals are user unfriendly and prone to crash/errors. The recommendation system is not smooth and sometimes one has to complete the app and pay the fees before these to be generated. The payment systems are also complicated and only accept a few credit cards. Wondering if/when they will modify their systems. If funds-starved state universities can do it, what's holding them back? Donors?
  11. What are some notable American/Canadian Philosophy PhD programs with Accelerated Tracks for those with a Masters degree in philosophy.
  12. What are some notable American/Canadian History PhD programs with Accelerated Tracks for those with a Masters degree in history. A program like Duke's.
  13. Dear all, My specialism is political thought and intellectual history. At top US institutions like Princeton and Harvard, would I have a greater chance of admission if I apply for PhD programs in history, or in political science? Which field is less competitive in top research universities? Thanks, Dem
  14. Hey everyone. I'm really sorry if you've seen this sort of thread a billion times and have gotten sick of it, but I had trouble locating a thread like this that actually applies directly to me. I graduated this year with a BA from University College London, and am set to begin a master's course at LSE this fall. For my undergraduate education, I had to write a 10000 word dissertation based on my original research, and will have to write a 15000 for my master's course. After I am done at LSE, I hope to undertake a PhD in political science (focusing on political philosophy and theory) at an institution like Harvard, Columbia, or Georgetown. My question is, do I have a chance considering I have no real research experience in the sense that my name has not appeared on any peer reviewed or published academic journals? Or do my undergraduate/graduate dissertations count as research experience? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks, Gretchen
  15. mif978

    Ivy League Admissions Help

    Are you looking to reach an Ivy League or your dream school? I can help with the process. Not too long ago, I was in your shoes. I thought that attending a great university or an Ivy League meant that you had to be at the top of your class or be really rich. I was neither. In fact, I was the first person in my immediate and extended family to go to college! Needless to say, I had no clue about the college/grad school application process, but I was motivated to change my destiny and willing to learn. I received a full-tuition, four-year leadership scholarship to attend a top private university for undergrad and received my masters from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, specializing in international education. I have gained 10+ years of experience in educating and coaching others and 8+ years of professional writing. I enjoy helping others achieve their goals and believe that anything is possible with a proper PLAN. If you are interested in learning how to prepare the strongest grad school application possible for an Ivy League or your dream school, I am happy to help. My services include help with the following: personal statement writing, admissions strategy, interview prep, and admissions application review. Feel free to message me with any queries.
  16. Any feedback will be greatly appreciated! Bachelors: Psychology Masters of Science: Human Cognitive Neuropsychology Undergrad overall GPA (I had one horrible semester): 3.465 Undergrad Psychology GPA: 3.8 I am a horrible test taker: -GRE Verbal: 149; 42% -GRE Quant: 146; 24% -GRE Writing: 4.5; 82% Research experience: 3 years (Research technician in EEG , fMRI and clinical lab); 3 years (Project coordinator at upper limb prosthesis research lab) Clinical experience: 3 years (Clinical lab working with patients with ASD, dyslexia and schizophrenia and assist with writing neuropsych reports); 1 year (clinical lab learning how to administer cognitive measures and shadowing Clinical Psychologist). Teaching experience: Taught two one-hour courses to research interns on EEG data analysis and protocol for conducting research with at risk populations. Supervised training of summer interns at Neuroimaging lab. Abstract submission and Poster presentation: 5 (3 secondary author @ VA medical center; 2 first authors @ Dubrovnik Conference on Cognitive Science VI; and @ University of Edinburgh, respectively). Publications: 6 (2 second author, 3 third authorships). Potential publication by time I submit PHD applications: 9 (three manuscripts currently under review) Race: Black Gender: Male Languages speak and understand: English (fluent), French (can semi comprehend and speak), creole (can semi-comprehend a little difficulty speaking) Schools applying to, in order of preference: 1. Yale University 2. Harvard University 3. University of Pennsylvania 4. University of Michigan 5. University of Iowa 6. Temple University 7. DUKE University 8. University of Oregon 9. Indiana University Bloomington 10. Washington State University 11. Boston University 12. The university of Vermont 13. The University of Maine 14. University of Missouri, Kansas City 15. George Mason University 16. Eastern Michigan University 17. University of Wisconsin-Madison 18. University of Wyoming
  17. Hi all, I'm an international relations major who speaks a few lesser-known languages with several years in management consulting under my belt, and I'm planning to apply to urban planning/public policy programs this fall. I'd like my classes to have a strong international focus as well as give me a solid understanding of quantitative (statistics) skills and technical (GIS, data management, data visualization using R, Python, etc) skills, as I didn't get these in undergrad either because they didn't mesh with my qualitative studies or were too stovepiped at the time in the engineering/math departments to be widely applied to political science/international development. I've considered a public policy master's, but urban planning seemed like a great fit for my creative interests in design and interests in working on international issues where my language and cultural knowledge could be put to use. Sound logical, or too romanticized for someone with no experience in the urban planning field beyond some GIS work? Beyond grad school, I'd like to be competitive at either an international development group in the private sector (tech startup?), international finance (World Bank), or NGO sector. Here's my list of schools: MIT DUSP Harvard HKS/GSD Columbia GSAPP/SIPA (Urban Studies concentration) UPenn MUSA And a few others with less of an explicit Urban Planning emphasis: Tufts Fletcher UChicago Harris/Computational Analysis A few questions on both grad schools and careers: 1) Any schools I'm missing that I should check out? I've heard the Ivies may not be as important with their brand-name as say for business schools, but the programs look interesting. I'd like to be in a major city for networking purposes as well as to get some exposure to local infrastructure/planning programs, even though I don't see myself working in local or state government long-term. This list was also put together to give me the most flexibility in terms of career options in the field. 2) What are some urban planning jobs outside of local or state government that do work or plan internationally? I'm aware of a few civil engineering or international development groups like AECOM or Louis Berger, but welcome any other suggestions. Thanks for any advice you can provide!
  18. mckshr

    Applying to Ivy Leagues

    Hello all! I recently started the application process again, applying to PhD programs, specifically Clinical psychology programs. One thing I've always been told is that APA accredited, Clinical psychology programs are extremely competitive. Because my undergrad GPA was so low: 2.78, I never applied to a PhD program, but instead went straight into a Master's program at Drexel Univ. I've managed to keep an okay GPA of 3.77, along with working as a Research assistant and interning in a psychiatric hospital. So with all this being said, do you think I would competitive for admissions into an Ivy League psych program? Do you think there are the areas I could improve on or add too to up my chances of admission or at least to stand out and score an interview? What I'm basically looking for advice or success stories of getting into PhD programs! Thanks ahead of time! McKSher
  19. emylauren2794

    Harvard GSE?

    I was wanting to apply to Harvard's Graduate School of Education. I'd be doing the Prevention Science and Practice with maybe the CAS the following year. I have a good GPA but don't have a lot of experience. I was told by all of my grad schools that they didn't require experience and it would be good if I had it in case everything else wasn't balanced out. I looked at several other Ivy Leagues in social work and I really liked Columbia and Harvard's the best. I have yet to take my GRE and am super nervous for that. Anyone else been accepted by Harvard to tell me what they're looking for? I have a 4.0 GPA and hopefully will have experience to go along with it, but I'm not sure. Let me know. Thanks
  20. emylauren2794

    Yale School of Public Health?

    I am majoring in Child Protection and Juvenile Justice. I am getting a very good GPA, but I haven't taken the GRE test yet. I plan to take that in the coming months, before the summer when I start applying to grad schools. Yale is my Ivy League that I really want to go to. I'm attracted to the campus, the curriculum, everything about the school stands out to me. Don't get me wrong, I am also applying to other Ivies for grad school, but this is the only one that I would have to apply for public health. I got my AA in psychology and was going to do behavioral science at my current university before I switched to my current major of CPJJ. Social and behavioral sciences would be my closest thing to my current major but I'm unsure if they will take me because of my field not relating well to public health. I can get some public health jobs that can pertain to behavioral sciences, but I'm not sure if I should also have job experience related to social work and child welfare. I'm really confused on if I can correlate these two majors or not. I feel like they can be, but I'm not sure how to do it in a way that doesn't make me feel like I'm wasting my time. I am very happy with my current major and am learning a lot, but when I go to grad school I want to build on my skills more, not feel like I'm starting something totally different and not like it as much. If any current Yale MPH students can help me out with this, I would really appreciate it. I am very worried that they won't accept me due to differences in degree pursuits and majors, but if I could go to Yale, it would mean a lot. If I could get into any Ivy, it would mean a lot, but Yale is my top choice. Thanks for the help guys
  21. emylauren2794

    Ivy League grad school?

    I am going to a private university in Nebraska and I'm in the accelerated degree program, which means I'll be done in March of 2017. I'm currently getting a 4.0 gpa. If everything holds up, I'll graduate with a 4.0 and get on the Dean's Honors List. I'm planning on applying to eight graduate schools, three of which are Ivies. I called each grad school and asked if there was a set amount of experience to get into their program and they all replied with no. They said they mostly look at the parts of your application that are your personal statement and your GPA and GRE scores. I am majoring in Child Protection and Juvenile Justice so my masters will be in social work, but I'm unsure of what to do to boost my application so I have a shot of at least trying to get in. I will have work experience by the time I apply and I'll try to gain as much knowledge as I can. I'm planning on applying to UPenn, Columbia, and Yale. I know they're very selective but what do you think I can do to make myself a better candidate? Thanks for the help guys.
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